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Have you had a chance to see Big Hero 6 yet? My family was mesmerized by the story of the sweet health-care-companion robot turned super-hero and his friends. It was so fun to plan a big movie viewing party and share it with our friends! Here is an overview about how we threw a fun and memorable movie night. I will follow-up with more details in a future post, since there is so much to share here.
INVITATIONS: I didn’t get the opportunity to send out formal invitations, but if I had I would have used the ones found on the Disney website. They have Baymax coming out of his suitcase. Perfect!
MOVIE: You can’t throw a movie party without the movie (as we found out the hard way, when we had to go back for our copy). If you are shopping at Target–and who isn’t shopping at Target–you can’t miss it! Once you work your way past the Dollar Spot, look for a big display like this! Ours was right by the checkout stand. We also found cute Baymax snack container cups at the Dollar Spot and included them as part of the party favors, filled with Hiro’s gummy bears.
CRAFT: Build your own Baymax!
My Olaf marshmallow craft has been such a hit, I knew marshmallow Baymaxes would be, too–especially, since he is referred to as a giant marshmallow at least a couple of times in the movie. We let the kids put these together and put them in a plastic sack to take home with their other favors.
1 large marshmallow
3 standard marshmallows
8 or so mini-marshmallows
and an food writer pen.
The giant marshmallow becomes the body, with the standard ones as legs and his head. We strung the small ones on toothpicks to make arms, and inserted the toothpicks into the body marshmallow at an angle, so that the arms would hang down as much as possible. I love how Baymax has such a simple design for the face. It is not difficult for anyone to draw that on the marshmallow using an edible ink pen.
The marshmallow craft became one of the favors along with the gummy bears and a bookmark I found on-line and printed out to add to the bags. Again, Baymax’s face transforms plain white balloons and plain white lunch bags into special Baymax favor bags. I cut these out of black vinyl with my cricut.
Since the movie is set in the fictitious San Fransokyo (a combination of San Francisco and Tokyo), I wan’t going for a particular accurate cultural representation, but I wanted to highlight the Asian–particular Japanese–styling and references in the movie, hence the lanterns and many of the food choices.
The backdrop of the food table is actually a shower curtain with a colorful cityscape I found that I thought reflected the setting and the superhero theme. The colorful lanterns lit up added excitement! Of course, I had to turn one white lantern into Baymax by adding his signature vinyl eyes. For a centerpiece, I talked BSB into coming up with a balloon animal Baymax to be in the center of the action of our metropolis. Yes, my daughter is sneaking food while I am photographing the set-up(#bloggerkidproblems), and yes, she decided to dress as Baymax for the evening, complete with pillow padding.
The main characters are kind of named after foods, so I had to incorporate a signature item for each one:
Baymax Sushi – We made our version of California rolls featuring a seaweed Baymax face.
Go-Go Tomago: Tamago (a Japanese rolled omlet…yes, I talked BSB into figuring out how to make it!)
Wasabi No-Ginger: Wasabi Snack Mix
Fred: Flaming Cheese Snacks (It is Fred’s greatest wish to be a fire breathing dragon).
Hiro’s Gummy Bears – He had a thing for them in the movie. All the kids had a thing for them at the movie party.
Honey’s capsules: Candy (shiny gum balls in a few different colors would also work great for this).
Movie Popcorn bar: Including regular, wasabi (popcorn with wasabi peas), and my favorite, Baymax popcorn. Popcorn with chocolate mints in it that look like Baymax eyes.
Super Baymax Cake Pops! Regular Baymax would also be cute in a cake pop and a pretty simple design, but since we had the pros at Pixycakes provide the pops, they made these awesome pops featuring Baymax in his red helmet.
OUTDOOR MOVIE Set-up:
The big splurge of this party, was getting a “Baymax” to sit on to watch the party. The kids at the party loved the novelty of having a big squishy white chair to snuggle in! I again turned him into Baymax by adding the vinyl eyes.
We used a large tarp to act as a movie screen and borrowed a projector from some friends to give us the movie-theatre/drive-in feel.
I think Big Hero 6 is going to be big (pun intended) this year when it comes to party themes. It’s such a great movie–and now Academy Award winner! Have you seen it yet? Do you have a Baymax fan in your house? Have you ever held an outdoor movie party? Let me know what you would like more details about for my follow-up post and I’ll share a little more insanity that went into putting this party together!
Continuing with our Spring Break series today and a GIVEAWAY! Spring Break is a great time to get out and play around town. I'm sharing some of our favorite family outings each day this week. Check back each day for more Arizona fun! Disclosure: I received free admittance to many of these places as a blogger or for specific events, but would never tell you about them if my family and I hadn't had a blast there! … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Spring Break is right around the corner and if you are anything like me, you can't wait for it to get here, but after a day or two of squabbles over the remote, you are ready for it to be over. Never fear! If you are staycationing here in Arizona (or visiting from somewhere else), I have a few great family finds you may not have thought of before, that will turn your break into a vacation! All this week I am going to be highlighting fun things to do right here in the valley of the sun. Check back each day for more Arizona fun! Disclosure: I received free admittance to many of these places as a blogger or for specific events, but would never tell you about them if my family and I hadn't had a blast there! … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
If you follow me on Instagram, this post may look rather familiar. While the blog was kind of quiet, I was overgramming over on instagram. These are the valentines I sent with my elementary school students for their friends for Valentine's Day. The joke valentine is a printable from the always-clever Erika over at Yellow Pear Photography. I am excited about the watercolor valentines I designed for my daughter. We wrote secret messages in white crayon. The friends take the paint brush and get it wet and use the watercolor paint in the hearts to paint over the white space and reveal the message. Remind me next January. I will post a full tutorial and a printable. But that wasn't the end of the clever Valentine's for the day. I also want to give some thematic valentines to my Let's Play Music students. We are in the Blue Bugs semester of this program and so I thought these bug valentines (printable by … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Babies, babies everywhere! I have two new nieces born within the last two weeks, two more on the way (one of them is a nephew), and countless friends have either recently popped or are getting ready to. Are you feeling baby fever in your world? Having a baby is always exciting and cause for celebration! However, if you are having baby #5 and you already have boys and girls, there may not be so much of a need to be showered with dozens of gifts of baby gear and goodies like there is when you are starting your family. But baby gear and goods change dramatically frequently and even if you are on baby #5 like we are, there is a good chance you will be looking for a few updates. We did have a few needs and I also had the need to have a few of wants this time. Basically when it came down to it, I wanted to have fewer, but nicer things. Here are some of the baby products I was and continue to be most … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
This is a picture of New Year's Eve. No, that's her name. She was born on New Year's Day and I had the opportunity to celebrate her birthday with her this year this year. It was a bright and sparkly event--as a bubbly 5-year-old girl's birthday should be. I was happy to help her mom add some glitter and bling to the festivities. The black and white birthday sign they pull out for every birthday, we added the gold Christmas tree ornaments (literally from off of my Christmas Tree) with pink glittered letters to the sign to personalize it for her special day. We lined the room with gold dot garland which my mom had sewn for another niece's wedding last year (hoping to blog that one, too). I'm all about recycling when it comes to party decor (which is why I need to invest in a large storage shed...but I digress.) The garland and clear balloons filled with glitter and gold and silver confetti, … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]